Lyor Cohen doesn't like Kanye West, the Policy, But Is Impressed By His New Music
"I had no idea that he was going to put that on social media."
YouTube's Global director of Music Lyor Cohen, who began his illustrious career as the road manager for Run-DMC, took a lot of heat after appearing on an image with a MAGICIAN's-hat-wearing Kanye West. In the photo, gave her the "OK" sign, which has been linked to alt-right memes.
In a new interview with Pitchfork — discuss the launch of YouTube's new streaming service — Cohen, broke down the idea that he was the support to the alt of the right, and explained how the infamous photo came to light.
"It's not that dive for when you're on the water, and is everything all right?" Cohen asked, noting that he was not aware of the symbol's connotations. As he explains, the photo was merely organic moment and not a scene he thought would end up in the social networks.
"I was on the way to the bathroom, and there was [Universal Music Group ceo Lucian Grainge], and Kanye was leaving, and he said, 'Oh, wow, we are all together. We're going to take a picture,' said Cohen. "I thought he was going to take a picture and send it to Lucy and myself. I had no idea that he was going to put that on social media."
The former head of the 300 Entertainment was in Calabasas because I wanted to play with him in the music, which he says was amazing. "I don't like his politics, but I was impressed with the music. I think he's doing himself a disservice by not leading with the music."
Read the full interview here.